Nakba II

Israel is Testing the Water

Simultaneous protests took place on Saturday in Hifa, Tayibe and Jerusalem over Praver Bill — a plan to evict Bedouin communities in the Negev. The Bill has provoked a storm not only amid the Arab MKs who voted against it, but mainly  among those it is aimed against, the Bedouin residents of southern Israel.

It seems as if Israel is testing the water examining the reaction to another mass expulsion of Palestinians. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said today ”Nothing has changed since the Tower and Stockade days. We are fighting  for the lands of the Jewish people and there are those who intentionally try to rob and seize them.”

Lieberman, didn’t leave much room for a doubt. Once again, it is the Jewish state that is evicting Palestinians from their land in favor of the Jewish People and their Jewish interests.

Israel is testing the water examining the possibility of another Nakba. The only question that is left open is whether the Palestinians are ready for a third Intifada.

Gilad Atzmon, now living in London, was born in Israel and served in the Israeli military. He is the author of The Wandering Who and one of the most accomplished jazz saxophonists in Europe. He can be reached at: atz@onetel.net.uk. Read other articles by Gilad, or visit Gilad's website.